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  1. Bi-lal kaifa!
  2. I agree. I think the Sparrow movement is a really insightful criticism of our times. These people have all been victimized by the culture of war the ruling class constantly indulges themselves with. There is a lot of rage, and many of them have nothing left to lose. The High Sparrow has figured out how to channel this energy (in the books, I mean; the HS on the show is more of a goody-two-shoes than a real player, and the show makes no effort to show how widespread the movement is, only showing its influence in King's Landing). It's analogous to the situation in the US and Europe: many people have been left behind by the status quo, but they aren't sure who to blame, and a clever politician gives them easy answers that aren't necessarily in their best interest. We can look at the Brexit leadership for an example, and in the American Republican Party not just Donald Trump, but the business community's cynical manipulation of religious conservatives for the past few decades. While I am personally sympathetic to Bernie Sanders and his policies, the same mechanism is at play, and without a skilled rhetorician providing guidance, I worry that his supporters could lose track of the real issues and simply decide to burn it all down, condemning the American left to another period of obscurity. Westeros is a feudal system, and it also provides a safe arena to consider how little has changed in our world. There is acute concentration of wealth, war is employed for profit or electoral success without consideration of the consequences, and the masses are motivated more by superstition than objective analysis. The Enlightenment is slipping away from us. I would never read George as pro-war; as a historian, he simply acknowledges its importance.
  3. Right, I'm just bringing it to the general discussion which is all guesswork anyway. But I think it's interesting that in Frost's poem, fire and ice represent two forces in the human heart, and it's the people under their influence that are the destructive force. Hate versus desire, or as they say on Wall Street, fear versus greed.
  4. He's talked about that Robert Frost poem. From an old interview: Why your saga is called A Song of Ice and Fire, because of the Wall and the dragons or is something more beyond that? Oh! That’s the obvious thing but yes, there’s more. People say I was influenced by Robert Frost’s poem, and of course I was, I mean... Fire is love, fire is passion, fire is sexual ardor and all of these things. Ice is betrayal, ice is revenge, ice is… you know, that kind of cold inhumanity and all that stuff is being played out in the books. The poem in question, for those who don't know it: Fire and Ice by Robert Frost Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
  5. "Ice vs. Fire"? You like that title? "Dance of Ice and Fire"? Song means epic story, as in The Song of Roland, that could be sung to an audience, or recited dramatically. It doesn't imply harmony, imo, but rather adventure, conflict, and heroism. The use of Song in the title is pretty explicitly about form.
  6. That's consistent with something George said, that he was holding back on introducing Howland Reed because he knows too much about the central mystery of the story. Certainly R+L=J, but since he's a mystical guy presumably, maybe more about the prophecy and what Rhaegar is up to.
  7. This is all a lot of fun, but really, if the show plans to reveal that Arthur is Jon's father, why doesn't Lyanna ask Ned what happened in the fighting? If Ned has gotten through the defenses, surely that means there's a good chance that Arthur's dead. She doesn't even ask him, let alone show any sadness about it or reproach him. Because she doesn't particularly care about Rhaegar's guards dying in a fight with her brother.
  8. Here's Ned talking to Bran in Clash of Kings: “The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who fought with a blade called Dawn, forged from the heart of a fallen star. They called him the Sword of the Morning, and he would have killed me but for Howland Reed.” Father had gotten sad then, and he would say no more. Bran wished he had asked him what he meant. Martin, George R.R. (2003-01-01). A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) (pp. 250-251). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. Ned is not lying about the fight. He tells Bran that Howland saved him. Bran's disillusionment is show-only.
  9. That might be - certainly Aemon makes more sense. I can't watch it anymore, my ears are now ringing. Pretty actress, though, and the two of them do look like brother and sister.
  10. Watch her lips. There's no 'm'. It looks and sounds like she's saying Aegon.
  11. The captioning just says 'whispers'. I just watched it twenty times with the headphones cranked, and I'm convinced her first whispered statement is 'His name is Aegon'. Her lips don't meet to make the 'm' sound in the middle of the word, either - watch it with that in mind, and see what you think. The show didn't do the Aegon plot, or the Undying vision, so that name wouldn't cause any confusion. They've mentioned Aegon the conqueror quite a bit though.
  12. Yeah, I can't believe they got him into Meereen so soon. All the stuff where he and Jorah were on the road, and eventually enslaved, were dynamic and actually really funny in parts. I love Tyrion as a prisoner and slave; he's smarter than everyone around, and he can't help shooting his mouth off, and it's a natural setting for his particular cynical humor. Especially among the Yunkai lords and the sellswords camped around the city, where he has to think on his feet and outwit his captors, while protecting Penny and even Jorah. By comparison, having him sit around the living room telling 'jokes' is weak tea. I imagine it's much cheaper to shoot.
  13. Ad nauseum! We argued it to a complete standstill. I think we can conclude, by it's inclusion, that George does at least want us considering the possibility that Tyrion is a Targ; it's such a perfectly ambiguous statement, it provokes the argument.
  14. I also love Tyrion, and I hope that Tyrion will listen to his better angels in the end! Just like Dany, I think he goes back and forth between vengefulness, and wisdom, and despite his cynicism he has real compassion. My hope is that, because Tyrion, Jon, and Dany all have sympathy for ordinary people, and have had to suffer, that they will bring about at least some positive changes in the world. Certainly, giving in to his anger and desire for revenge would only continue the brutal systems already in place. Thematically, that's why I'm most interested in the A+J=T theory. This is just about my personal tastes, and not evidence one way or the other, but I think that if Tyrion were to learn that his father was Aerys, it would enhance his internal struggle in amazing ways. He would have a real identity crisis. Tyron prides himself on his golden tongue, his practical worldview which rejects ideology, and his intelligence which allows him to see other peoples' point of view and motives, even those of his enemies. Aerys was a sadistic monster, paranoid, and delusional. Tyrion knows that he has these dark emotions emotions and instincts within himself, and A+J would force him to reckon with them. We have seen him have people killed out of spite, we have seen him burn thousands on the Blackwater. Also, we constantly hear his thoughts, which are often mean-spirited and resentful, although he manages to keep them to himself. The world needs him to overcome his darkness, because he has a lot to offer. And if the Targ dynasty is to be restored, then it has to make reforms, or in the end nothing will change. I want Tyrion and Dany to be a solution, not a continuation of the problem! But they both have to watch it with the anger problem, and Tyrion needs to realize it's not all about him; there's a bigger picture. Jon I'm not as worried about, he's pretty level-headed and dedicated to equality, but if he returns from death, a traumatized and betrayed man, he might have some new demons of his own!